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Start the holiday season with a little magic!

For 36 years Festival of Trees has been a holiday tradition for our community. As we navigate Covid-19 and prepare for the safety of our community, Erie’s favorite holiday tradition will bring different and new memories this year.

Our premier holiday event will be held both virtually and as a drive-through experience. 

The continued success of Festival of Trees and the impact to Saint Vincent Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network is only possible with the support of our community and business partners. Saint Vincent is proud that proceeds from this year’s Festival of Trees will support the creation of a Healthy Food Center at AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.  Through the center, our patients will have access to healthy foods and nutrition counseling to help manage their overall health, no matter their income or budget.

Virtual Tree Voting Website to be announced in November!

Drive-Through Light Location
Fairview Business Park 

7401 Klier Drive 
Fairview, PA 16415

Event Hours
Friday, November 27: 5pm-9pm*

Saturday, November 28: 5pm-9pm*
Sunday, November 29: 5pm-9pm*
*Last vehicles enter Klier Drive by 9pm

Admission: 
    1-10 guests: $20 per vehicle
    11-30 guests: $40 per vehicle

Virtual Gallery of Trees

New this year, the Gallery of Trees will be a virtual experience. As always, the trees will be the highlight of the event and you can vote on your favorite holiday creation. Voting will take place between November 27-November 29th. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 30th. Click here to vote on your favorite tree.

Tree Auction – Click here to see if your family’s favorite Christmas tree is up for auction! Community members are able to bid on select trees as part of our tree auction! The professionally decorated tree will be delivered to the winner’s door. Auction includes tree only and does not include the surrounding display, unless noted. 

Avenue of Baskets – Each year, several small businesses throughout the region generously donate gift certificates or their most popular items for us to raffle off to our guests. This holiday tradition is returning this year. Thank you for the continued support from our community who without their help, this could not happen. Visit the Avenue of Baskets website to view and purchase tickets for your favorite items. Items will be available for pick up at the entrance of Saint Vincent Hospital the week following Festival of Trees. Visit this year's Avenue of Baskets, here

Click here to register now and learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Drive Through Experience

Friends and families will be greeted at our NEW drive through experience.  The drive through experience will immerse friends and families in the spirit of the season and will include beautiful light displays, visits to rooms in Santa’s castle, live reindeer and fun takeaways.

Your family can join in the festivities:

Friday, November 27th   5pm-9pm
Saturday, November 28th  5pm-9pm
Sunday, November 29th  5pm-9pm
*Any vehicle in line by 9pm will be able to drive through the holiday experience. 

Lights for Heroes

Join us as we paint the town green in support of our health care heroes. Bring the spirit of the season home with you and support Nurse Education at AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.

For more information on how to support Nurse Education click here

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I view the decorated, sponsored trees? 
A: You can view the trees here in November.

Q: Can I buy a ticket at the gate, or do I have to buy online?
A: You can do either, whichever is more convenient for your group. Advanced tickets do not move you forward in line.

Q: Can I get out of my car and take photos?
A: For your safety, we only allow photos taken from the comfort of your vehicle.

Q: Are you open in the rain?
A: We are open rain, shine or snow!

Q: Will there be a Santa experience this year?
A: No. Due to COVID-19, families can enjoy Santa from a distance.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash and credit cards will be accepted including American Express, Mastercard and Visa.

Q: Does this event benefit a non-profit organization?
A: Yes. Funds from the 2020 Festival of Trees will help Saint Vincent Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network start a Healthy Food Center for local patients in need of nutrition support.

Q: How much does the experience cost?
A: A vehicle with up to 10 passengers will cost $20.
    Shuttle Vans carrying up to 10 guests will cost $20.
    Shuttle Vans carrying between 11 and 20 passengers will cost $40.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Refunds are not available.

Q: What are your hours?
A: Festival of Tree’s drive through experience will be open Friday. November 27th-Sunday November 29th from 5pm-9pm. Gates close at 9pm. The last vehicle through must be on Klier Road by 9pm.

Q: Will we be able to view the Gallery of Trees?
A: New this year you can view and vote on your favorite decorated tree virtually. Click here.

Q: Will there be the traditional Avenue of Baskets?
A: The Avenue of Baskets will be available this year but virtually. Visit the Avenue of Baskets here.

Q: What is the radio channel for listening to event information and holiday music while driving through the display route?
A: Stay tuned!

Q: Can we take photos or videos of the light display?
A: Yes! Feel free to take as many pictures are you wish. The driver of the vehicle may not use a phone or take photos/videos while driving per state law. You cannot leave your vehicle to take a photo.

Q: How long does it take to go through the light show?
A: Stay tuned!

Q: How many lights will I see?
A: The landscape of Fairview Business Park will be filled with thousands of lights and sights!

Q: How many people may I bring?
A: The number of seats in your family vehicle by law (SUV, car, pickup truck, mini-van)

Q: Will there be a Breakfast with Santa event this year?
A: No, please keep Festival of Trees’ Breakfast with Santa in mind for 2021!

Q: Will there be Festival After Dark this year?
A: We are excited to celebrate our Health Care Heroes in a different way this year! Learn more by clicking here.

Q: Are pets allowed to ride along?
A: Your furry friends are welcome to join the excitement. Pets may not leave the vehicle.

Q: Where is the drive through experience located?
A: The drive through can be experienced at the Fairview Business Park (East) located on Klier Drive in Fairview, Pennsylvania.

Q: How do I get to Fairview Business Park?

From New York:
Follow Interstate 90 until you reach the Fairview Exit 16 for PA-98 towards Franklin Center/Fairview.
Turn right onto PA-98 N.
Turn right onto Klier Drive.

From Ohio:
Follow Interstate 90 until you reach the Fairview Exit 16 for PA-98 toward Fairview/Franklin Center.
Turn left tonto PA-98 N.
Turn right onto Klier Drive.

From Pittsburgh, PA:
Follow Interstate 79 and take Exit 174 toward McKean.
Turn left onto West Road.
Turn left onto PA-832 S.
Turn right onto PA-98 N.
Turn right onto Klier Drive

From Erie, PA:
Follow Interstate 79 South.
Take exit 178B for Interstate 90 W toward Cleveland.
Take exit 16 for PA-98 toward Franklin Center/Fairview.
Turn right onto PA-98 N.
Turn right onto Klier Drive.

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